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Avatiu beat Titikaveka in netball thriller

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Netball, Sports

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Avatiu beat Titikaveka in netball thriller
Avatiu’s sharp shooter Curly Taripo looks for support against Titikaveka in the premier division match on Saturday. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/ 21032108

Avatiu edged Titikaveka by a point to lead the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition.

In the premier match of the round, Avatiu overcame a late onslaught from visitors Titikaveka to claim a 47-46 win on Saturday.

The tit-for-tat battle saw the host side Avatiu get off to a good start with a seven-point lead at the break.

But a strong pep talk at the halftime saw the visitors come back stronger in the third quarter with lanky shooter Alanna Smith, who struggled in the opening spell, getting the much-needed points.

Titikaveka led by a point at the end of the third quarter.

But the Curly Taripo-led Avatiu had better ideas and in the final quarter, they gave their all to take a slender lead.

With a point down and seconds remaining, Titikaveka, who had possession, tried hard to level the score but fell short as the home side sneaked away with a close 47-46 win.

Avatiu Netball Club president Edith Nicholas said: “Its back to the drawing board for us, we still have a lot of work to do especially in finetuning some areas to ensure we are able to maintain our lead throughout the match.”

“We were unable to put our two young players in because of the intensity of the match but we look forward to giving them a break in our upcoming matches.”

In the other premier matches, Ngatangiia/Matavera recorded a close 37-36 win over Takuvaine while Arorangi defeated Tupapa 42-34.

Netball Cook Islands’ Tekura Moeka’a said they were pleased to see some intense matches over the weekend.

“As expected, a thrilling match between Titikaveka and Avatiu and even in the East a close match between Ngatangiia Matavera and Takuvaine with Ngatangiia/Matavera stealing the win in the last 30 seconds. It was a great day of netball. The 6U and 8U grades were the matches of the day.”

Results

Avatiu-Titikaveka (Avatiu scores first): 6U 8-2, 8U 14-1, 10U 11-1, 12U 25-24,

15U 28-22, OPEN 1: 29-24, OPEN 2: 29-24, Reserves 36-50, Premiers 47-46

Tupapa-Arorangi (Tupapa scores first): 6U 6-5, 8U 1-3, 10U 4-7, 12U 7-15, 15U 39-34, OPEN 1: 33-24, OPEN 2: 8-38, Reserves 31-23, Premiers 34-42

Ngatangiia/Matavera-Takuvaine (Nga/Mat scores first): 6U 9-0, 8U 3-9, 10U 12-6, 12U 45-1, 15U 30-9, 17U 45-15, OPEN 1: 25-29, OPEN 2: 17-31, Reserves 31-16, Premiers 37–36